Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties: 40.4 hectares (99.8 acres), of which 69% Pinot Meunier, 26% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)
Google Maps view with all the villages in the Val du Petit Morin highlighted. Étoges, the single premier cru village of the area, is in yellow and other villages, including Talus-Saint-Prix, in orange.
Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.
Comment: some of the communes on the western part of the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.
Talus-Saint-Prix is located at Le Petit Morin, the river that has lended its name to the area.
The Talus-Saint-Prix commune covers 620 hectares and has 106 inhabitants (as of 2013) referred to as Talusiens and Talusiennes.
The vineyards in Talus-Saint-Prix are located directly at the village, north of the D 43 road, and consist of rather mild south-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.
The soil is clay and limestone with flint. The size of the flint pieces varies, and is larger in the west and smaller in the east.
The current vineyard surface in the Talus-Saint-Prix commune is 40.4 hectares (99.8 acres). There are 27.8 ha Pinot Meunier (68.8%), 10.6 ha Pinot Noir (26.2%), and 2.0 ha Chardonnay (5.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 40 ha. There are 21 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Single vineyard sites
Single vineyard sites found in the commune includes:
- Les Vignes Douces, located to the west of the village.
The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.
- Poilvert-Jacques (NM), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne. Also produces Champagnes sold under the brands:
- François Lavergne, a French saké and umami enthusiast who also sells Champagnes under his own name. Has also cooperated with Jean Milan in Oger on the Champagnes sold under the name Comtesse de Massy, with Louis Huot & Fils in Saint-Martin-d’Ablois about Monsieur de France, and with Guy Larmandier in Vertus about Signé François.
Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.
- Robert Bérat (RC), who has vineyards in Talus-Saint-Prix and Sézanne. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Eponine.
- Férat-Crochet (RM; blog), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage cuvée from the vineyard site Les Vignes Douces, composed of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, and Cuvée Charles which is also oaked and sees more cellaring before being sold. Of their total production, a high 20% represents their two rosés, where Le Pinot Noir is a varietal version.
- Jeaunaux-Robin (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 4.5 ha of vineyards, of which about 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. Some of the Champagnes see some oak. Les Grands Nots is a fully oaked vintage cuvée composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
- Jean-Pierre Legret (RM), member of ignerons Indépendants with 5 ha of vineyards.
- Michel Ricard (RM)
Comment: the list may not be complete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- The Talus-Saint-Prix commune doesn’t have a website.
- UMC’s village profile of Talus-Saint-Prix.
- Vineyard map of Talus-Saint-Prix at weinlagen-info.de.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2017-01-21